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A New Focus for Energy Efficiency

Our planet is experiencing worldwide growth in energy consumption and CO2 emission and is experiencing temperature rise and climate change at an accelerating rate. A new series from the Institute of Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara describes a path to reducing our energy consumption and CO2 emission.

The series kicks off with John Bowers, Director of the Institute of Energy Efficiency and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials, discussing the evolution of photonics and what the future holds for more efficient, higher capacity data centers, which are important for machine learning and data processing.

Fiber optics has transformed our work and, indeed, our lives, by enabling the Internet through low-cost, high-capacity fiber optic transmission. In data centers, fiber optics is replacing electrical cables, thereby allowing for higher and more economical performance.

Watch — A New Focus for Energy Efficiency

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The Tipping Point for Global Temperatures

Just how dangerous is global warming?

We have heard the links made between climate change and extreme weather events like super-storm Sandy, but at what point will we definitively see the dangers of global warming?

David Lea of UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Earth Science explores that question in “Can Global Warming Be Held to 2 Degrees Celsius above Pre-Industrial?

He proposes what can be done to freeze the the rising temperatures of the earth to only slightly warmer than pre-industrial temperatures.

Watch as Lea discusses the societal impacts of certain temperature thresholds in different climate systems that we have yet to cross. Can this be prevented? Find out in this video from the Institute for Energy Efficiency:

For more videos on climate change, check out “The Scientific Case for Urgent Action to Limit Climate Change” and “Interactive Visioning-Figuring Sea Level Rise

 

 

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